Unemployment in South Carolina declines to 6.5 percent during month of December

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COLUMBIA, South Carolina — South Carolina's unemployment declined slightly during the final month of 2014.

The state Department of Employment and Workforce said in a release Tuesday that South Carolina's jobless rate was 6.5 percent in December.

That's down from 6.7 percent in November.

Agency officials say the estimated number of South Carolinians working rose by more than 7,200 people to set a record of nearly 2,060,000. In the past year, state officials say the state's labor force has gone up by nearly 34,000. Almost 33,000 of those people have found jobs.

Nationally, December unemployment went down 0.2 percentage points to 5.6 percent.

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